Two out of the last three tweets our president has blasted out have attacked Republicans. The first is hard to explain, but it told his followers to turn on Fox News at 9pm last night.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
At 9pm, Jeanine Pirro came on the air and demanded that Speaker Paul Ryan resign.
The second tweet is straightforward:
Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017
What’s interesting is that Trump chose to attack both of the main antagonists on his bill. He attacked those on the far right who opposed it, but then he attacked the leader they were opposing. He also identified the Democrats as the enemy by suggesting that there was something wrong with them smiling.
That leaves the moderate Republicans as the only group he didn’t attack. But does he have preference between the moderate Republicans who supported Paul Ryan’s bill (for which he should resign) or the moderate Republicans who voted against the terrible Speaker who should just retire already?
I guess the challenge is for us to try to identify who in Congress the president considers his friend and ally. And the challenge for those friends and allies is to figure out if they will be attacked for doing what Trump asks them to do or for failing to do what he asks them to do.